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Very Best Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

These sweet and tangy barbecue beef sandwiches definitely live up to their name. Friends will want the recipe—they’re that good.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 12 kaiser rolls, split
  • Dill pickle slices, optional


  • Cut roast in half. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, onion, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, celery seed, paprika and pepper; pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Remove meat. Skim fat from cooking juices; transfer to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into juices. Return to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • When meat is cool enough to handle, shred with two forks. Return to slow cooker and stir in sauce mixture; heat through. Serve on rolls with pickle slices if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich (calculated without pickles): 417 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 881mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 28g protein.

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